Who Has The "AGENDA?" - Bob McDonnell's Mission

I used to hear all sorts of conspiracy theories about the "gay agenda" and the "liberal agenda" and how they wanted to destroy families and kill babies and sissify heterosexuality (make everyone gay) and pledge allegiance to Karl Marx and surrender to Vietnam and Russia and Iraq and Satan. Now a liberal myself, and one with several gay friends, I have yet to discover any political ambitions or motives in line with these fears.

On the other hand, Virginia gubernatorial candidate and Conservative Catholic Bob McDonnell seems to have a very clear agenda, as recent headlines have revealed all over the country:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Eager to draw attention Bob McDonnell's conservative roots, campaign advisers to Democrat Creigh Deeds on Monday called McDonnell's newly-discovered 1989 graduate thesis a "devastating" revelation that threatens to sink the Republican's campaign for the Virginia governor's mansion.

The 93-page research paper — first revealed in Sunday's Washington Post — articulated a Christian conservative worldview that criticized "cohabitators, homosexuals and fornicators" and described working women and feminists "detrimental" to the family.

On a conference call with reporters, Deeds adviser Mo Elleithee called the thesis McDonnell's "road map" for conservative governance. The Deeds camp argued that McDonnell immediately sought to put his theories to work in state government when he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates three years after writing the paper, which McDonnell wrote as master's student at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Regent was founded by Pat Robertson and was initially named "CBN University" after Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network. McDonnell wrote the paper when he was 34, twenty years before entering the Virginia governor's race.

"This paper laid out very explicity his vision for the role of government, his vision for the for a social agenda that should dominate governace, and it even went beyond just a personal political philosophy," Elleithee said. "It had a 15-point action plan for how to implement that philosophy."

The thesis was called "The Republican Party's Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade." In it, McDonnell wrote that working women are "detrimental" the the family; that feminism is among "the real enemies of the traditional family"; and that the "purging" of religious influence in public schools is damaging to healthy families.

The problem, in my opinion, is not that this old paper has been revealed and shows unexpected motives. Instead, these beliefs are the very ethos of far too many conservative Christian leaders and politicians in America. Recognizing the unpopularity of outright assertion of these beliefs, many find it convenient to gently muffle them and simply allow attitudes like chauvinism and homophobia to guide their political decision-making, without direct reference to them. The problem, then, is that American voters are allowing politicians to get away with pretending more palatable beliefs. When George W. Bush said he was a "moderate" and a "compassionate conservative," we believed him.

1 comment:

Wickle said...


One of the reasons why I left the Republican Party and became an independent is that I couldn't put up with enabling bigots. Worse, I was in the position of benefiting from their support.

Christians have, I'm afraid, become used to allying ourselves with bigots, and some of that is rubbing off.

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